Shiny Mew Pokémon GO: How to Catch

Pokémon GO Tour Kanto is your chance to catch Shiny Mew, but at what cost?
Pokémon GO Tour Kanto is your chance to catch Shiny Mew, but at what cost? / Photo by Niantic and GAMEFREAK, Edit by Andrew Lin

Shiny Mew Pokémon GO will be making its debut in the upcoming Kanto Tour event. Here's everything you need to know to get Shiny Mew in Pokémon GO.

Shiny Mew Pokémon GO: How to Catch

The Kanto Tour event will take place Feb. 20 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in your local time. The event features all 151 first generation Pokémon and all of them will be available as a Shiny, some for the first time. The first 150 can be found in the wild and in Raids, but Mew is ever more elusive.

Shiny Mew can only be caught after completing the event's Special Research. Completing that will get you another Special Research, intended to be completed over time as the tasks will be more difficult than usual. After this more arduous task, you'll be able to encounter Shiny Mew.

Getting Shiny Mew is straightforward, but it won't be cheap. You'll have to buy an event ticket to participate in the Research that will lead to Shiny Mew. Tickets to the event cost $11.99, which is a lot to spend if you're just looking for a Shiny Mew.

This is currently the only confirmed way to get Shiny Mew. It's not out of the question for paid-event locked Pokémon to be released to the general player base in the future, given how Niantic has handled distribution of Pokémon like Celebi.